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Cort Johnson from Atlas Venture

The organizing team at Rochester Startup Weekend is pleased to announce that Cort Johnson, a Venture Partner at Atlas Venture in Cambridge, Mass., will be this year’s keynote speaker. Cort will be addressing all the attendees of #RSW2015 on the afternoon of Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Brand Networks.

This is great timing; the tech team at Atlas made national news this week by opening up a contest to crowdsource its new brand. The winning entrant will receive a $50,000 stake in the firm’s new $200M fund!

A HISTORY OF INNOVATION

Prior to joining Atlas in 2014, Cort co-founded Terrible Labs, a leading product design and development shop based in Boston. At Terrible Labs, he led business development, marketing and operations, collaborating with both Fortune 500 companies and startups to build web and mobile products.

While at Terrible Labs, Cort also co-founded and spun out TicketZen, a mobile app that allows citizens to scan and pay parking tickets with their mobile phones. TicketZen can be used to pay parking tickets in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.

Before Terrible Labs, Cort was Chief Evangelist at SCVNGR, a location based services startup in Boston, where he helped grow the mobile-based platform to millions of users and thousands of customers.

Cort broke into the startup scene after founding DartBoston, an organization focused on bringing together Boston’s twenty-somethings and college students interested in building companies. DartBoston hosted hundreds of events, connecting thousands of Bostonians looking to get more involved in the startup community.

WELCOME BACK, CORT

In addition to being a premier speaker with exactly the kind of experience we look for in selecting keynote speakers for Rochester Startup Weekend, Cort brings a little something extra to the party this year — he’s a die-hard fan of Rochester as a native of the city.

We are excited to hear how Cort sees the evolution of Boston’s startup economy and to pick his brain about how we can drive our own startup economy forward.

Please join us in welcoming him back to Rochester by tweeting @cortlandt  …and don’t forget to use the weekend’s hashtag: #RSW2015

Kyle Psaty